Final Moto2 Test Jerez Day 2 - Takahashi Edges Redding And West

Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi was the fastest man on the second day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez, just squeaking ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding and Ant West on the MZ. Takahashi's time was half a second slower than yesterday's fastest man Toni Elias, who today was just 5th fastest and three quarters of a second slower than his time from Saturday.

So far, this final Moto2 test has shown how close the field has become in the class, and shaken up the list of favorites a little. The top 20 riders are all within a second of each other, with 20th place man Karel Abraham just 0.938 behind Takahashi. Kenny Noyes, the American who has been so fast in the earlier tests is now down the order in 12th, though still only half a second off the fastest time at Jerez, while Scott Redding had been languishing near the bottom of the timesheets in previous tests, and has now leaped up into 2nd spot. Testing concludes tomorrow.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI TECH3 1'44.552 0.000  
2 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 1'44.600 0.048 0.048
3 8 Anthony WEST MZ 1'44.614 0.062 0.014
4 4 Stefan BRADL SUTER 1'44.737 0.185 0.123
5 24 Toni ELIAS MORIWAKI 1'44.775 0.223 0.038
6 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 1'44.857 0.305 0.082
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SCOT 1'44.895 0.343 0.038
8 60 Julian SIMON RSV 1'44.933 0.381 0.038
9 6 Alex DEBON FTR 1'44.963 0.411 0.030
10 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 1'44.971 0.419 0.008
11 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'45.009 0.457 0.038
12 9 Kenny NOYES PROMOHARRIS 1'45.084 0.532 0.075
13 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA SUTER 1'45.149 0.597 0.065
14 12 Thomas LUTHI MORIWAKI 1'45.240 0.688 0.091
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR MOTO2 1'45.240 0.688 0.000
16 2 Gabor TALMACSI FTR 1'45.286 0.734 0.046
17 80 Axel PONS KALEX 1'45.331 0.779 0.045
18 25 Alex BALDOLINI I.C.P. 1'45.357 0.805 0.026
19 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT BIMOTA 1'45.463 0.911 0.106
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM RSV 1'45.490 0.938 0.027
21 59 Niccolo CANEPA SCOT 1'45.568 1.016 0.078
22 40 Sergio GADEA KALEX 1'45.618 1.066 0.050
23 35 Raffaele DE ROSA TECH3 1'45.641 1.089 0.023
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'45.806 1.254 0.165
25 53 Valentin DEBISE ADV 1'45.955 1.403 0.149
26 63 Mike DI MEGLIO RSV 1'45.973 1.421 0.018
27 3 Simone CORSI TSR 1'45.994 1.442 0.021
28 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 1'46.168 1.616 0.174
29 75 Mattia PASINI TSR 1'46.198 1.646 0.030
30 61 Vladimir IVANOV MORIWAKI 1'46.254 1.702 0.056
31 52 Lukas PESEK MORIWAKI 1'46.422 1.870 0.168
32 76 Bernat MARTINEZ BIMOTA 1'46.602 2.050 0.180
33 29 Andrea IANNONE FTR 1'46.624 2.072 0.022
34 95 Mashel AL NAIMI BQR MOTO2 1'46.736 2.184 0.112
35 41 Arne TODE SUTER 1'46.749 2.197 0.013
36 5 Joan OLIVE PROMOHARRIS 1'46.756 2.204 0.007
37 10 Fonsi NIETO MORIWAKI 1'46.827 2.275 0.071
38 21 Vladimir LEONOV SUTER 1'46.932 2.380 0.105
39 27 Vincent LONBOIS SUTER 1'47.331 2.779 0.399
40 88 Yannick GUERRA MORIWAKI 1'47.425 2.873 0.094

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Comments

And 9 125/250 grand prix winners outside of that 1 second bracket (and 10 inside of a second from the top). I think it's time for a Poggiali comeback. It can't hurt to try!

Go Westy
ON a modifed CBR600.
besides the race glass being from last years CBR600 dont you think the green frame paint just hides the orginal Honda frame.

The MZ is now in its third iteration, and is significantly changed. The frame is pretty different (though the geometry is still similar), and they've been using a revised swingarm. Besides, if they do turn up at Qatar with a CBR600 frame, they'll be disqualified, as the rules clearly state that the chassis must be prototype.

So why is it a surprise that times are close? No strong engines, no dogs, same over-rev capability, similar frontal profile- they should have very similar top speeds, limited drafting, similar off corner acceleration, in other words the variables to having varying lap times have been limited. I tend to think that small differences in chassis behavior will be the main differentiating factor in performance with riders coming in 2nd.

As far as performance goes, forget 250s, these times are comparable to last year's CEV Buckler SuperSport 600cc race with bikes that are _23kg heavier_. When riders with the experience of Tony Elias are only a couple of tenths off of unknown riders' times there is not likely much advantage to trying to override the bike, like Elias could sometimes do on the 990s. In this case the rider is not making a difference. I mean this guy could run with Rossi on a good day and here he's mid-top 10.

This lack of differing engine characteristics may lead to extremely processional racing as nobody can exploit a weakness in a competitor's powerband on corner exit or straight.

F1 qualifying lap times are usually very close, and that is usually how they finish. We'll see how moto2 does soon.

Chris
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